We haven’t featured Fergal Smith and his Growing series for a while, but the latest episode Cutting Back, number 14 in fact, is too good not to mention. In this particular edition, Fergal snags a few at his local break before hooking up with some chaps who are using some very traditional methods to reap their crops and keep their grass in check.
What better way to start a day than in the waters that surround the Emerald Isle and in particular hiding away under the lip of a few of your favourite waves at your local spot. Like every single one of us, Fergie hits the waves whilst deciding the chores can wait and he heads out for a lovely session with plenty of barrels and a ten point floater before catching up with the All Ireland Scythe Champions for a few pointers in the art of scythe work.
To see these masters at work, using skills that are hundreds of years old is a real treat and you have to admire the way they cut and lay the hay so effortlessly. From the air the neat rows of cut grass look like green lines of swell stacked up. An episode of master craftsman at work, both in the sea and on land. The Cutting Back episode can be found below this article and make sure you subscribe to Line9 to follow all of Fergals exploits and his work at the community garden.